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Spend a day at the museum

Staff Writer | June 22, 2023 1:00 AM

COLUMBIA BASIN — We often think of museums as something you find in big cities, but there are lots of them just a short drive away here in the Basin. Here are some places to enjoy art or learn about the area.

Note: Many museums are staffed by volunteers and funded by donations, which means that hours and days of operation can change without warning. Visitors are advised to call ahead.

Grant County Historical Society Museum

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday May-September

742 Basin St NW, Ephrata


Moses Lake Museum & Art Center

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday year-round

401 S. Balsam St., Moses Lake


The Old Hotel

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday year-round

33 E. Larch St., Othello


Quincy Valley Historical Society & Museum

1-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday May-November

415 F St. SW, Quincy


Ritzville Railroad Depot Museum

12-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day

201 W. Railroad Ave., Ritzville


Burroughs Home Museum

12-4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday-Saturday Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day

408 W. Main Ave., Ritzville


Wanapum Heritage Center

8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday-Friday; 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday year-round

At Priest Rapids Dam, 29082 Highway 243, Mattawa


Colville Tribal Museum & Gift Shop

9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday May 31-Sept. 30

512 Mead Way, Coulee Dam


Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Center

9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily; dam tours May 27-Oct. 31

Highway 155, Coulee Dam


Big Bend Historical Society Museum

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, April-October

505 NW Cole Ave., Wilbur

509-647-5566 or 509-639-2346

Gehrke Windmill Garden

24 hours year-round

North Dam Park, Grand Coulee

Dry Falls Visitor Center

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Monday, open year-round

35661 Highway 17, Coulee City


Mansfield Museum

1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday May 31-Sept. 30

121 Main St., Mansfield


Historic Hartline School

10-4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday March-December

92 Chelan St., Hartline